NIT 2014: 2nd-Round Day 1 Scores, Updated Bracket and 2nd-Round Day 2 Schedule

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIMarch 22, 2014

COLUMBUS, OH - MARCH 16: J.J. Mann #14 of the Belmont Bruins puts up a shot against the Georgetown Hoyas during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Nationwide Arena on March 16, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The 2014 NCAA tournament isn't the only ongoing event that features plenty of madness. The NIT has been just as entertaining through Friday's action.

Three No. 1 seeds remain as the tournament's Round 2 matchups commence.

No. 5 Belmont and No. 8 Robert Morris got things started on Friday, as the Colonials looked to keep their streak alive after upsetting No. 1 St. John's in Round 1. Belmont looked fantastic against Green Bay in its tournament opener, defeating the Phoenix by a score of 80-65.

Let's take a look at the final score and analysis from Friday's contest, as well as view the updated bracket and preview Saturday's schedule.


Second-Round Day 1 Recap

Belmont 82, Robert Morris 71

COLUMBUS, OH - MARCH 16:  Mick Hedgepeth #34, J.J. Mann #14, Ian Clark #21 and Drew Hanlen #1 of the Belmont Bruins walk back on court after a time-out in the second half of the game against the Georgetown Hoyas during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Me
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Robert Morris' big Round 1 win wasn't enough to propel the team to another victory, as Belmont emerged victorious by a score of 82-71 on Friday night.

Guard J.J. Mann led the Bruins with a game-high 25 points and added six rebounds, two assists and three steals on the day. Mann also connected on seven of his eight free-throw attempts.

Shooting from the line was a huge factor in Belmont's success against the Colonials. The Bruins made 24 of 25 for a team percentage of 96.0.

Offense wasn't the only strong suit for the Bruins on Friday. Their defense held Robert Morris' offense to 39.4 percent from the field and forced the Colonials to attempt 29 shots from downtown in an effort to keep up.

After the game, Robert Morris guard Karvel Anderson commented on Belmont's strong team and also reflected on the Colonials' fine season, according to a tweet from Robert Morris Men's Basketball's official Twitter account:

It was great team win for the Bruins, as three of their five starters scored at least 17 points on the game.

Belmont will move on to the quarterfinals, where they will face the winner of No. 2 Illinois and No. 3 Clemson.


Updated NIT Bracket

The complete NIT bracket can be found on


Second-Round Day 2 Schedule

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 15:  Head coach Mark Fox of the Georgia Bulldogs speaks with Nemanja Djurisic #42 during the semifinals of the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament against the Kentucky Wildcats at Georgia Dome on March 15, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo
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Matchup: No. 2 Georgia vs. No. 3 Louisiana Tech

Time: 11 a.m. ET

Channel: ESPN

Live Stream: ESPN3


Saturday's matchup will be wildly entertaining.

Both Georgia and Louisiana Tech just barely missed out on the NCAA tournament and immediately figured to be huge factors in the NIT.

Georgia focuses mainly on its defense to get the job done. It defeated Vermont in Round 1 by a score of 63-56, as the Catamounts couldn't find enough firepower to keep up with Charles Mann and Co.

Mann was stellar during this contest, connecting on eight of his 11 attempts from the field, including making 12 of 13 free throws, for 29 points.

He figures to be the center of attention for Louisiana Tech on Saturday.

Louisiana Tech is a more offensive-minded team, ranking 15th in the nation while averaging 81.0 points per game.

This offense carried it to a slim 89-88 victory over Iona in Round 1 of the NIT.

Louisiana Tech doesn't have much defense to speak of, but it is extremely deep on offense. Upon the conclusion of the team's win over Iona, six different players scored double-digit points for Louisiana Tech.

That amount of offensive versatility makes Louisiana Tech very difficult to defend.

Saturday's matchup pits that stout Georgia defense against an explosive Louisiana Tech offense. These teams are extremely different from each other, which puts this game into the category of must-see TV.